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Program #2113RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
8,000 ft -those with heart or lung conditions need OK from physician before attending.

Equipment Requirements
Framed, fitted backpack; ultralight (UL) sleeping bag, closed cell or self-inflating foam pad, UL tent, ground cloth; sturdy hiking boots with ankle support and good tread; water bottles or hydration bladders min of 3L; 2 collapsible hiking sticks; more under packing list below.

Itinerary for May 26 — Jun 1, 2013

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Type: Motel

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: 25" satellite TV, AM FM clock radio, electronic locks, telephone with voice mail and data port, free local telephone calls, iron and board, coffee maker, internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool, Jacuzzi; exercise room, guest laundry, wi-fi available in lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 26 - Registration/Introductions/Program Orientation
Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00 PM, register for program between 4-4:15 PM in hotel meeting room or lobby. Introductions and Program Orientation follows begin at 4:15 PM. Don't buy airline tickets or commit to other travel arrangements before the final dates of the program are known! Program dates may shift a day or weeks based on group campsite availability at GC National Park. Final dates will not be known until 4 months before the program. Hike direction (north to south or south to north) is also determined by group campsite availability. The Provider(Northern Arizona University) can be contacted at (928)523-2359; RoadScholarPrograms@nau.edu; and www.nau.edu/RoadScholar.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner Program Orientation continues.

Lodging: La Qunita Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Other

Contact info:
In the Grand Canyon
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: NA -00---
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: camp toilets w/i campgrounds


Day Two: Monday, May 27 - Canyon Rim Hike/Camp at Indian Gardens Campground
Note: 4.6 miles 3060 vertical feet with packs. 3 miles 150 vertical feet optional hike without packs

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Travel by van to the canyon rim. Stretch, review hiking plan, Put on the packs and begin the journey. Hike down The Bright Angel Trail through 500 million years of rock layers, 3000 vertical feet and 4.5 miles. The Bright Angel Trail is the most used trail into the Grand Canyon, and has been used for thousands of years by everyone from animals, archeo-hunters, prehistoric and historic indians, explorers, miners, tourist, even Teddy Roosevelt. Begin discussions about Grand Canyon Geology.

Lunch: Sack lunch along the trail.

Afternoon: Arrive at Indian Gardens campground. Set up camp. Optional hike for those wanting additional challenge - a 3.0 mile r/t to the excellent canyon views at Plateau Point and your first view of the Colorado River.

Dinner: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Evening: After a trail prepared dinner, kick back and relax under the stars.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Contact info:
In the Grand Canyon
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: NA -00---
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: camp toilets w/i campgrounds


Day Three: Tuesday, May 28 - Hike to Bright Angel Campground/Canyon Geology & ...
Hike to Bright Angel Campground/Canyon Geology & Biology Presentation/NPS Ranger Presentation

Note: 4.7 miles 1400 vertical feet hike

Breakfast: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Morning: Following breakfast, break camp, put on packs and continue hiking down the Bright Angel Trail, through the Tapeats Narrows, past the Great Unconformity, along Garden Creek and Pipe Creek to the River Trail. We then hike to Bright Angel Campground. We hike about 4.5 miles and 1800 vertical feet down.

Lunch: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Afternoon: Arrive in campground, set up camp. Free time to explore the Bright Angel Creek/ Phantom Ranch area. Continued discussions on Canyon geology and biology.

Dinner: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Evening: After dinner, a presentation by NPS ranger. Optional trip to the canteen at Phantom Ranch.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Contact info:
In the Grand Canyon
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: NA -00---
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: camp toilets w/i campgrounds


Day Four: Wednesday, May 29 - Layover Day
Breakfast: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Morning: Layover day. Short easy hike with fanny pack on bridge loop about 2-3 miles, and ~200 vertical feet. Discuss river ecology and the effects of the dams on the Grand Canyon.

Lunch: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Afternoon: Free time to hang out in camp, sit with your feet dangling in Bright Angel Creek, hike up the Clear Creek Trail, explore Phanom Canyon, go to the afternoon ranger program, and/or visit the Phantom Ranch Canteen for its ice cold lemonade and beer.

Dinner: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Evening: Free time to hang out in camp, go to the evening ranger program, and/or visit the Phantom Ranch Canteen.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Contact info:
In the Grand Canyon
Closest: Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: NA -00---
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: camp toilets w/i campgrounds


Day Five: Thursday, May 30 - Hike to Cottonwood Campground/Begin the ascent, h...
Hike to Cottonwood Campground/Begin the ascent, hike through the Box. visit Ribbon Falls

Note: 8 miles 1600 vertical feet hike

Breakfast: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Morning: Break camp after breakfast and begin the ascent, rising 1600 ft over 7.6 miles. We hike through "The Box", A Narrow gorge carved by Bright Angel Creek through 1.8 billion year old Vishnu Schist and Zoroaster Granite. Once out of the Box, the canyon opens up as we enter the Grand Canyon Supergroup of rocks, and we approach Ribbon Falls.

Lunch: Lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Continue hiking, with a stop at Ribbon Falls, an amazing waterfall onto a travertine pillar surrounded by a relaxing grotto, that the Zuni Pueblo Indians hold sacred. After Ribbon Falls, we continue on to Cottonwood Campground with its shady Cottonwood and Live Oak Trees.

Dinner: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Lodging: Grand Canyon Campground

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Contact info:
2015 S Beulah Blvd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA
phone: 928-556-8666
web: www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ939&propId=939

Room amenities: 25" satellite TV, AM FM clock radio, electronic locks, telephone with voice mail and data port, free local telephone calls, iron and board, coffee maker, internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor pool, Jacuzzi; exercise room, guest laundry, wi-fi available in lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, May 31 - Hike to N Rim/Scenic ride through Grand Canyon ba...
Hike to N Rim/Scenic ride through Grand Canyon back to Flagstaff/Graduation

Note: 6.9 mile 4240 vertical feet hike

Breakfast: In-field meal prepared by staff and participants.

Morning: After breakfast and early camp break, begin the final climb to the N Rim. This is the big climb which will become one of your favorite war stories in the retelling. We will hike up about 4200 vertical feet in about seven miles through some of the most spectacular scenery the Grand Canyon has to offer.

Lunch: Lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: After lunch, hike to the North Kaibab Trailhead, (and enjoy a stop at the N. Rim Lodge if we get out early enough), relax and ride back to Flagstaff through the Kaibab Plateau, Vermillion Cliffs, Marble Canyon, Echo Cliffs, the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Valley, Cameron and the San Francisco Peaks.

Dinner: Celebratory dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: After a hot shower in the hotel, dinner at the restaurant, program wrap-up and farewells.

Lodging: La Qunita Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, June 01 - Departures
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Check out.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff AreaPoints of Interest w/in 2 hours of Flagstaff: Walnut Canyon NM, Wupatki NM, Sunset Crater NM, Museum of Northern Arizona, Downtown Flagstaff & old Route 66, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Red Rocks and the Secret Mountain Wilderness, Montezuma’s Castle NM, Tuzigoot NM, Jerome, AZ Ghost Town, San Francisco Peaks and the Kachina Wilderness, Hopi & Navajo Reservations, La Posada Hotel / Restaurant at Winslow, AZ, Grand Canyon Railroad @ Williams, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park.
For additional information, visit: www.flagstaffarizona.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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